An older, well-formed amber colored Barite from the Sulcis area of Caligari in Sardinia. Ex. Mineral Gallery (K. Ward) This shows several good phantoms with backlighting, and has a second generation overgrowth in some areas. Over all in fairly good condition there is contacting on one side and at the rear, small edge chipping is present but not easily seen from the logical display angle. A nice, good color piece from a classic local with the main crystal reaching 4.8 CM.
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
8 x 7.4 x 5.9 CM (cabinet)
A well placed cluster of lustrous Cassiterite perched on the classic Muscovite matrix of Mt. Xuebaoding. Very nice presentation and contrast, the Cassiterite is just over 4 CM across and in very good condition. By naked eye there is no damage but good magnification shows slight edge chips that are not at all distracting on display.
An early piece of well-formed multi-color tourmaline from the now famous deposits at Luc Yen, Vietnam. Very sharp and with glassy luster, this is in superb condition with no visible damage to the crystal. Better in person and a little more gemmy than the photos show. This is quite likely a mix of Elbaite and Liddicoatite but has not been analyzed to determine this. Ex John Marshall collection, this is well above the quality of the vast majority of these Tourmalines, and a nice addition to any suite.
stock #HOLD 13.1-122
Flux Mine, Patagonia
3.6 x 3.1 x 2.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A very esthetic, 3 dimensional specimen with well formed delicate crystals from the great finds of the 1980's at the Flux Mine. These are all quite delicate and usually show considerable damage, but this is an unusually pristine example. The sprays of Cerussite contrast with the black matrix very well. This can be packed and shipped but we recommend insurance since it is so delicate. Now an American classic this is a far above average toenail specimen.
Fluorite on Quartz
11.4 x 10 cm (cabinet)
Two deep purple cubo-octahedrons etched from the Quartz matrix are well placed and displayed with great form and contrast. In fine condition with no damage, however the fluorites do show some stress cracks as do almost all of these. Some color changes can be noted in this fluorite in different light sources.
From recent finds of Dravite in Tanzania, this is a very sharp, lustrous and surprisingly gemmy single crystal. Deep red brown color in excellent condition this glows with a backlight, in normal lighting it looks darker, more like the photos shown here.
A superb, large, well-crystallized plate of this very rare mineral with unusually big and super lustrous crystals. The Braunites are clustered on a matrix that also host some bright, glassy Calcite crystals and a few clusters of Andradite. This is simply the best specimen of this mineral I have seen for sale. Braunites reach .8CM size most of which are perfectly undamaged tho there is some chipping best noted with magnification. The overall quality and size for this rare specimen is simply extraordinary.
A world class specimen of this rare mineral! Big (up to 7 cm) Calcite crystals are the matrix for hundreds of sparkling, lustrous Jacobsite crystals. Jacobsite is rarely found much bigger than micro sized. The best come from the Kalahari and this has by far the best esthetics I have ever seen. Sharp, bright groups of silvery-black crystals are nicely scattered on the contrasting Calcite. The Calcite is in excellent condition and the dark Jacobsite can be clearly seen inside the crystals. Rare black minerals are reputed to be ugly, this is not!